Along with the clarinet, the piano is my favorite instrument, and the piano concerto is my favorite genre of classical music. I love to be in the audience of a concert at Jones Hall with the great Houston Symphony Orchestra when there is a piano concerto on the program.
There are so many beautiful piano concerto movements, it is hard to pick out the most beautiful of them all.
But, daring to go where no man has gone, I will attempt to choose the top five most beautiful movements in the piano concerto repertoire. 🙂 Of course, this is my opinion of the top 5 and not meant to be a consensus of classical music experts, whom I certainly do not include myself anywhere near that category.
In choosing the top 5, I came up, probably by no accident, with five of my favorite composers. These five composers just happen to be some of the greatest composers in classical music: Chopin, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Mendelssohn. There are so many that have just missed the top five I apologize for not including them.
Please turn up the volume and enjoy my choices of the top 5 most beautiful piano concerto movements. I think at least some of them may be included in your favorites.
#5: Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto #2 in D minor, movement 2, Adagio Molto Sostenuto:
#4. Frederic Chopin: Piano Concerto #1 in E minor, movement 2, Romance – Larghetto:
#3. Fredric Chopin: Piano Concerto #2 in F minor, movement 2, Larghetto:
#2. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2 in C minor, Movement 3, Allegro Scherzando:
#1: L.V. Beethoven: Piano Concerto #5 in Eb Major, “The Emperor”, movement 2, Adagio un poco mosso:
Whether you agreed with me or not on my picks, I hope you enjoyed some beautiful music.